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May 6, 2015

'What do these old men in the courtroom think is going to happen?'

British rocker Noel Gallagher is no fan of US Supreme Court justices who have ruled against gay marriage in the past.

'What do these old men in the courtroom think is going to happen?' the High Flying Birds frontman asks in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

May 6, 2015

Tibet ranks among the least accepting

Economically developed cities and China's southeastern coastal provinces are the most gay friendly, a new survey has found.

A WeChat user conducted the poll on attitudes towards homosexuality in different Chinese provinces on the mobile messaging.

Marvel Studios on 24 April posted a heat map of the results that showed places such as Shanghai, Zhejiang, Fujian and Hong Kong were the most gay friendly, while northwestern and inland provinces were more conservative.

May 5, 2015

Labor MP Ed Husic became the first Muslim to be elected to the Australian Parliament in 2010 and earlier today he went public with his support for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Australia

Australia’s most prominent Muslim lawmaker today went public with his support for same-sex marriage.

Born to a Bosnian Muslim family in 1970, Ed Husic became the first member of his faith community to be elected to the Australian Parliament 40 years later during the 2010 election which saw former Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard retain power.

Husic had previously opposed same-sex marriage but now says privately he didn’t really have an issue with it as a moderate Muslim and that he was just waiting for the mood in his electorate to catch up.

May 4, 2015

The comedian has fired back at a poster that suggested children need to be raised by a mother and a father

Jason Manford has criticised those supporting a 'no' vote in Ireland's upcoming same-sex marriage referendum.

The British comedian took to Twitter yesterday to share his support for LGBTI families by slamming a poster that claimed children need to be raised by a mother and father. 

Alongside the image, which has been liked almost 50,000 times on Facebook, he added: ‘The person who designed the poster had a mother and a father and look how much of an ignorant d**k they turned into!’

May 3, 2015

'We who believe in the traditional understanding of marriage do need your help'

Maggie Gallagher, one of the leading marriage equality foes in the US, penned an open letter to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The essay was published on 1 May in the National Review. Many legal experts see Kennedy as the likely deciding vote in the marriage cases the country's highest court heard last week.

May 2, 2015

'My responsibility as a human being is to love and accept everybody'

Former US Senator Rick Santorum is standing up for Bruce Jenner.

Today, 2 May, the marriage rights foe was part of a reporters roundtable discussion at the South Carolina Republican Party’s convention.

'If he says he’s a woman, then he’s a woman,' Santorum said to a question from BuzzFeed News.

May 2, 2015

'Ministers should have the right to uphold their religious beliefs'

Texas lawmakers are pushing hard to pass a religious freedom bill that offers protections the clergy already have.

Last week, on the day the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for four gay marriage ban cases, state Sen. Craig Estes introduced legislation allowing ministers of faith to not participate in wedding ceremonies on religious grounds.

May 1, 2015

More than half of Republicans and 7 out of 10 Americans would have no problem attending the same-sex nuptials of a gay friend or relative, new data by Reuters/Ipsos has found

A new study on the views of American voters towards same-sex marriage has found an overwhelming majority of them would have no problem attending the marriage of a gay or lesbian friend and that even a majority of Republicans now fit into that category.

Polling released by Reuters/Ipsos on Wednesday finds that 56% of Republicans would attend a same-sex wedding if invited.

May 1, 2015

Argues same-sex marriage led to breakdown of the family, which in turn contributed to poverty

Republican congressman Bill Flores has linked the Baltimore riots to gay marriage, arguing that a breakdown of the family had contributed to poverty.

The Texas Rep made the bizarre claim Wednesday (April 28) during a discussion about an anti-gay marriage rally he attended that morning, on the Family Research Council’s (FRC) Washington Watch radio show.

April 30, 2015

Bill Shorten has distanced himself from calls by Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek for all of the party’s lawmakers to be compelled to vote for legalizing same-sex marriage whether they agree with the reform or not

Australian Labor Party (ALP) leader Bill Shorten has distanced himself from a campaign by his deputy leader to have the next ALP national conference decide to bind all Labor lawmakers to vote in favor of same-sex marriage.

The 2011 conference voted to add same-sex marriage to the party’s platform but in order to appease conservative ALP members, gave federal Labor lawmakers a guaranteed conscience vote on the issue if it comes up for a vote.

April 30, 2015

The ‘Free to Believe’ site says some Christian business owners have had to deal with the ‘nightmare’ of gay people who wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer

The conservative lobby group, Family Research Council, has launched a new website to share the stories of businesses and individuals who do not wish to provide certain services to LGBT people.

Arguing that the owners of the businesses concerned are merely expressing the right to religious expression, the website is called ‘Free to Believe’. 

Family Research Council states its aim as being ‘to advance faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview.’

April 30, 2015

While same-sex marriage, according to him, is not

Pope Francis has reaffirmed his stance on 'traditional' marriage, saying a man and woman married is the 'masterpiece of society'.

In what is being taken by some as a plea for the US Supreme Court to reject same-sex marriage, the head of the Catholic Church reiterated his view that he believes straight people are the only ones that should marry.

'Jesus teaches us that the masterpiece of society is the family: the man and the woman who love each other,' he said in his public speech today (30 April).

April 30, 2015

'Notorious RBG' destroys every argument put forward against gay marriage

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had the perfect response to every argument against gay marriage put forward at the Supreme Court on Tuesday (28 April).

The 82-year-old justice has become a liberal champion for her support of gay marriage and has been dubbed the 'notorious RBG' by younger fans.

First, Ginsburg promptly shut down the argument that the court does not have legal right to change a 'millennia' of tradition.

April 29, 2015

St Petersburg MP Vitaly Milonov vowed to avoid more 'ugly insults to millions of Russian families in the future'

Russia will shut down a registry office after it gave a gay couple a marriage license.

The Palace of Marriages on the Griboyedov Canal in St Petersburg, where one of the first ever gay couples married in the country, will have to close on 1 September of this year.

Last November, Alyona Fursova and Irina Shumilova arrived at the registry both wearing white wedding dresses and carrying bouqets.

April 28, 2015

Lesbian partner of woman who gave birth to twins recognized as second mother at birth

The partner of a woman who gave birth to twins was automatically recognized at birth as the babies' mother, in a landmark ruling in Tel Aviv, Israel this week.

Before the children’s birth, the couple, who have been together for nine years, filed a petition to recognize the non-birth mother as a parent, to speed up the official process of adoption.

The usual process would involve going through the complicated legal adoption process after the birth of the child - often taking months or even years to complete.

April 28, 2015

Ecuadorians are a step closer to marriage equality after the country’s National Assembly sent a bill legalizing civil unions to President Rafael Correa to sign

The South American nation of Ecuador looks set to formally recognize same-sex couples for the first time after lawmakers in the country’s National Assembly approved a bill creating civil unions for unwed couples regardless of sexuality.

Ecuador has banned same-sex marriage since 2009 in it’s constitution but President Rafael Correa announced last year that same-sex couples would be allowed to register as being in de facto relationships and now the National Assembly has moved a step further.

April 28, 2015

George Takei: 'I am optimistic'

With the US Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments today in marriage equality cases in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee,' Gay Star News asked several celebrities to share their thoughts on what could be a historic ruling.

The cases are challenging the constitutionality of laws banning marriage between same-sex couples and could settle the issue for the US where same-sex marriage is legal in 37 states plus the District of Columbia..

'I am optimistic,' said Star Trek icon George Takei.

April 28, 2015

The Presidential hopeful turned her logo rainbow-colored and posted two tweets about marriage equality while Supreme Court justices began to hear arguments in Washington

Democrat Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is among those who have posted their support for marriage equality today, ahead of the US Supreme Court hearing arguments in favour of same-sex marriage recognition across the US.

Clinton changed her Twitter image to a rainbow-colored ‘H’ and posted ‘Every loving couple & family deserves to be recognized & treated equally under the law across our nation. #LoveMustWin #LoveCantWait –H’

Shortly later, she tweeted a video of herself discussing marriage equality with a grandparent in Iowa.

April 28, 2015

The Court’s justices will begin to hear arguments this morning in Washington in cases brought buy Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee

US Supreme Court justices in Washington are due to meet today to begin hearing arguments ahead of them making a decision on same-sex marriage.

Thirty-six US states, and the District of Washington, have already legalized gay marriage. Others have continued to argue over the legality of same-sex unions – with the decision ultimately being referred to the Supreme Court for consideration.

The Court will be hearing case brought by Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

April 28, 2015

Election promise follows Sesame Street cake row in Northern Ireland

British right-wing political party UKIP has revealed it would offer legal protection to those who oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds in the workplace, if it wins the 2015 general election.

The party outlined the pledge in a manifesto titled 'Valuing Our Christian Heritage'.

April 28, 2015

Likely deciding vote Anthony Kennedy: 'This definition has been with us for millennia. It's very difficult for the court to say, "Oh well, we know better"'

As expected, the US Supreme Court appeared sharply divided today during oral argument for marriage equality cases in four states that could make gay marriage legal throughout the country.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who cast the deciding votes two years ago in rulings that gutted the Defense of Marriage Act and allowed same-sex marriages to resume in California, sounded cautious about doing so again.

April 28, 2015

The drag star of TV's Mrs Brown’s Boys has posted a moving ‘message from mammy about marriage equality’ video ahead of the upcoming referendum in Ireland

Irish writer and performer Brendan O’Carroll, the star of the BBC’s hit TV sitcom, Mrs Brown’s Boys, has posted a typically funny video – under the guise of female alter ego Agnes Brown – to voice support for marriage equality.

In the two-minute short, Brown first thinks that she is filming a prepared speech about ‘midget equality’. When she is told that it’s about marriage equality, she queries why it should even be regarded as an issue.

‘What about it? Any two people who feel in love enough should be allowed to get married!’

April 27, 2015

'It is a clear question. Do we support legal discrimination against one group in this country? Or do we not?'

The acting leader of Australia's ruling party has said she will push to make it compulsory that all Labor MPs vote for gay marriage.

Tanya Plibersek will argue for a binding vote on marriage equality at the Labor National Conference in July.

The party changed its policy to support gay marriage at the 2011 conference but allowed its parliamentarians a free vote on the issue.

'Labor has always been a party that is opposed to discrimination,' she told Fairfax Media.

April 27, 2015

US senator also charges that activists 'want to ostracize anyone who disagrees with them as haters'

US Senator Marco Rubio says it's 'ridiculous and absurd' for anyone to consider same-sex marriage a constitutional right.

Rubio, who announced earlier this month that he is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, reiterated his strong opposition to marriage equality over the weekend with Christian Broadcasting Network.

'There is no federal constitutional right to same sex marriage,' Rubio said.